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Re: To buy a separate battery for winch operation?

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03-18-2012 09:21:11

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Use a 12 volt battery of the same basic capacity as what your truck requires, but then run a good, heavy duty, minimum 10 gauge wire from the accessorie terminal on the trailer wiring plug, through the wiring harness, and connect it to the + post of the winch battery. Leave your truck running while you are using the winch, and you will have the benefit of 2 batteries powering the winch. Also, the winch battery will get recharged while driving down the road.

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Ralph Bauer

03-18-2012 09:36:22

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 Re: To buy a separate battery for winch operation? in reply to rustyfarmall, 03-18-2012 09:21:11  
Not thought of that. Was planning to use a solar panel to keep battery full, since I don't use it much and sunshine's plenty around here.

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03-19-2012 12:25:13

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 Re: To buy a separate battery for winch operation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 03-18-2012 09:36:22  
solar is nice for keeping a charged battery topped off when trailer is not hooked to truck
charge battery from truck

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Chuck Heck

03-19-2012 10:05:45

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 Re: To buy a separate battery for winch operation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 03-18-2012 09:36:22  
I use a marine type battery called "Dual Purpose" I got at Autozone, 1000 cranking amps. Like was mentioned here, it is charged by the 12V hot terminal on the trailer plug. The winch is a 10,000 lb Superwinch.

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03-19-2012 10:04:40

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 Re: To buy a separate battery for winch operation? in reply to Ralph Bauer, 03-18-2012 09:36:22  
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You're going to need a LOT of solar panel, even if the sun shines "plenty." Those little "battery maintainer" panels will take WEEKS in full sun to charge a battery after a good winch run.

Definitely consider connecting the winch battery to the truck for charging and normal operation. A winch takes a LOT out of a battery.

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